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"By far the most extensive empirical and theoretical analysis of the debate [on the effects of population growth on development] in the African context.  It promises . . . to become a central document for those interested in African and other Third World regions' agrarian transformation."--S. P. Reyna, University of New Hampshire

The question that drives the ten case studies of highland East Africa and Nigeria commissioned for this volume is whether population growth in densely settled areas of rural Africa has led to the intensification of agriculture.  

 Using a "natural experiments" methodology, the authors explore changes in agricultural inputs and outputs, analyze the role that external productive forces have played in these changes, note the consequences of the changes (especially for the environment and standard of living), and speculate on the changes' implications.

 The volume is framed by chapters on theory, one that presents the traditional thought on the relationship between population and agriculture and one that offers a synthesis that, while controversial, holds out real hope for African agriculture.

 

Contents Theory, Evidence, Study Design, by Robert W. Kates, Goran Hyden, and B. L. Turner II Agricultural Transformation in the Robusta Coffee/Banana Zone of Bushenyi, Uganda, by Nelson Kasfir Increasing Variability in Agricultural Production:  Meru District, Kenya, in the Twentieth Century, by F. E. Bernard

Defending the Promise of Subsistence:  Population Growth and Agriculture in the West Usambara Mountains, 1920-1980, by Steven Feierman

Marginal Coping in Extreme Land Pressures:  Ruhengeri, Rwanda, by Robert E. Ford

Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Kisii District, Kenya:  A Sustained Symbiosis?  by H. W. O. Okoth-Ogendo and John O. Oucho

Agricultural Expansion, Intensification, and Market Participation among the Kofyar, Jos Plateau, Nigeria, by Robert McC. Netting, Glenn Davis Stone, and M. Priscilla Stone

Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Imo State, Southeastern Nigeria, by Abe Goldman

From Agricultural Growth to Stagnation:  The Case of the Ngwa, Nigeria, 1900-1980, by Susan Martin

Agricultural Stagnation and Economic Diversification:  Awka-Nnewi Region, Nigeria, 1930-1980, by Francis C. Okafor

The Intensification of Peri-Urban Agriculture:  The Kano Close-Settled Zone, 1964-1986, by Michael Mortimore

Beyond Intensificaiton, by Goran Hyden, Robert W. Kates, and B. L. Turner II

 

B. L. Turner II, a professor of geography and director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, is the editor or author of a number of publications on nature-society relationships.  Goran Hyden is a professor of political science at the University of Florida.  Robert Kates is Professor Emeritus at Brown University and former director of the A. S. Feinstein World Hunger Program at that university.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813012193
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Series: Carter Lecture Series, Center for Africa
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 478
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Tables
Foreword
Preface
1 Theory, Evidence, Study Design 1
2 Agricultural Transformation in the Robusta Coffee/Banana Zone of Bushenyi, Uganda 41
3 Increasing Variability in Agricultural Production: Meru District, Kenya, in the Twentieth Century 80
4 Defending the Promise of Subsistence: Population Growth and Agriculture in the West Usambara Mountains, 1920-1980 114
5 Marginal Coping in Extreme Land Pressures: Ruhengeri, Rwanda 145
6 Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Kisii District, Kenya: A Sustained Symbiosis? 187
7 Agricultural Expansion, Intensification, and Market Participation among the Kofyar, Jos Plateau, Nigeria 206
8 Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Imo State, Southeastern Nigeria 250
9 From Agricultural Growth to Stagnation: The Case of the Ngwa, Nigeria, 1900-1980 302
10 Agricultural Stagnation and Economic Diversification: Awka-Nnewi Region, Nigeria, 1930-1980 324
11 The Intensification of Peri-Urban Agriculture: The Kano Close-Settled Zone, 1964-1986 358
12 Beyond Intensification 401
Glossary 440
Contributors 444
Index 445
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